Look, we can’t make any guarantees, but if you’re looking to avoid getting carjacked, there are a few places you could go to really decrease your odds!
It turns out car thefts and carjacking’s both saw a tremendous spike in more than two dozen big cities in America after the pandemic set in, and really haven’t returned to pre-pandemic rates since. According to a new report from the Council on Criminal Justice, the number of carjacking’s, which the report defines as auto theft or attempted threat by force or threat, increased by 24% in seven U.S. cities.
You may notice that Tampa Bay is not on this list, but that doesn’t mean carjacking’s never happen here. In fact, just last year, St. Pete police reported a spike in carjacking’s focused on Kia’s and Hyundai’s. Carjacking’s are up all across the country, but, yes, it’s worse in the following cities across the country.
KIA & Hyundai Theft Alert!#stpete pd is seeing an unusual trend.Since July 11th, 23 out of 56 stolen cars have been Kia/Hyundais models 2021 and older,that use keys to start.— St. Pete Police (@StPetePD) July 27, 2022
Anyone with a KIA/Hyundai that uses a key, **please** #lockitup pic.twitter.com/l2ZwVHP7cd
If getting carjacked is on your bucket list, drive to Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, Norfolk, or San Francisco.
If you want to avoid the hassle, which could be very dangerous and expensive, park in well-lit areas, and always remember to lock the car.